Osteoporosis Made Simple...

Osteoporosis does not only affect women. Discover the secrets to preventing it -- in simple, plain English.

        You've probably heard of osteoporosis, especially if you're an older woman or have an older female relative or friend. It's a crippling disease that strikes millions of Americans -- and contrary to popular belief, men also get this disease.

What Is It?

        Osteoporosis, quite literally, means bones that are hollow.

        If you're not getting enough calcium in your diet, over time your body will have to use the calcium stored up in your bones and teeth in order to make up for the shortfall.

        Slowly and silently, your bones and teeth will become less dense and more brittle.

        You may also have more tooth decay than normal.

Osteoporosis' Bone Brittleness Is the Scary Part...

        Normally, your bones are strong enough to withstand the rigors of everyday life, including the occasional slip and fall. Once you have osteoporosis, that fall may fracture one or more brittle bones -- and a hip fracture can lead to hospitalization, or even death.

Are You At Risk For Osteoporosis?

        You might think osteoporosis is a woman's disease, or something only older people have to worry about.

        10 million Americans already have osteoporosis, and another 34 million have low bone mass caused by calcium deficiencies, which means that they're at risk of developing osteoporosis.

        According to National Institutes of Health statistics, 50% of all women have a fracture related to osteoporosis during their lifetime!

        While it's true that osteoporosis is generally diagnosed in older people, that's because it takes time for the calcium deficiency to build up to the point where your bones are nearly hollow.

        At any age, not getting enough calcium can mean that your body is leeching calcium from your bones and teeth to survive.

        And as for osteoporosis being a 'woman's disease,' that's only part of the truth. Women are four times more likely to develop osteoporosis, but 1/5 of the 10 million Americans with the disease are men.

        So, men get osteoporosis too -- and in fairly large numbers.

        You're also at a higher risk for osteoporosis if you smoke, drink to excess, eat a poor diet, and don't do enough exercise.

Avoiding Osteoporosis...

        The best way to avoid osteoporosis is to build healthy bones, especially before the age of 30.

        There are two main reasons why osteoporosis occurs:
  1. If you don't have enough strong bone mass by age 30 when bone loss starts

  2. If your bone loss after the age of 30 occurs too quickly
        Just about everyone loses bone mass as they grow older.

        But at any age, you can take steps to build strong bones and prevent the onset of this disease. For most people, it is a preventable disease.

        One option to find out how you're doing is to have your doctor do an osteoporosis bone density test.

        Another osteoporosis testing option we've discovered lets you easily check how you're doing in the comfort of your own home. The Bioanalysis Center Web site provides an OsteoCheck test you can order by mail, and use to detect early bone loss before it develops into osteoporosis.

        (Here's how to find out more about the OsteoCheck test: Click here -- and then click the link at the bottom of the page called Home Bone Health Monitor - an effective method of early analysis. The first item on the next page is the OsteoCheck.)

More on Osteoporosis Prevention

        The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that you can build bone strength and maintain bone health by:
  1. Eating a balanced diet with lots of calcium and Vitamin D.

  2. Living a healthy lifestyle, exercising, and not smoking or drinking to excess.

  3. Getting bone density tests and taking treatment as recommended by your doctor.
        Calcium intake is clearly important. For most people, we recommend coral calcium as the best source of calcium intake.

        Coral calcium is more bio-available than other supplements or dietary calcium. Since fossilized coral calcium is ionic, it gets into your bloodstream more easily, and your body can direct it to build bone strength or replenish bone calcium deficits.

        If you take calcium supplements that are not ionic (such as marine coral calcium), they don't get absorbed by your bones as easily and can end up in your soft tissues. This could lead to arthritis and even heart disease.

        Now, a word about Vitamin D. Vitamin D comes from milk, cod liver oil, fish, and shellfish -- but you have to make sure you get some sun for the Vitamin D to be activated and work together with the calcium in your body.

        So, we recommend coral calcium supplements that contain Vitamin D to help with calcium absorption. You can skip ahead (before you go through the rest of our info on osteoporosis, calcium, and coral calcium) to get a peek at what we recommend is the best coral calcium for your money. It contains Vitamin D and is the coral calcium supplement we take every day.

Treating and Reversing Osteoporosis

        If you already have osteoporosis, of course, you should consult with your doctor. Following the guidelines set out above by the National Osteoporosis Foundation can help treat osteoporosis.

        You may not be able to reverse it entirely, but it's likely that you can build stronger bones that will withstand possible injuries.

        Obviously, you should be careful when exercising, but taking calcium (especially coral calcium), getting bone density tests, and regular contact with your doctor can help you manage this disease.

        Read on to find links to see what osteoporosis looks like through osteoporosis pictures, and get more information about osteoporosis prevention.

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